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Bruins acquire Chris Nilan; Rangers get LaForest

The New York Rangers Thursday acquired forward Greg Johnston from Boston in exchange for right wing Chris Nilan, then New York dealt Johnston to Toronto for goaltender Mark LaForest and wing Tahir Domi.

Nilan, 32, played nine seasons for the Montreal Canadiens before he was traded to the Rangers in 1988. The 6-foot, 185-pound Boston native had three points last season, missing 55 games because of knee and arm injuries.

Nilan has 98 goals and 98 assists during his 11-season NHL career.

Johnston, 25, had one goal and one assist in nine games with Boston last season.

The Rangers also received future considerations for Nilan. In the Johnston deal, New York acquired two players who split last season between Toronto and Newmarket of the American Hockey League.

In Philadelphia, the Flyers extended the contract of coach Paul Holmgren, reportedly for two years.

Ferry's 10-year Cavs deal could earn $34 million

Danny Ferry's contract with Cleveland could earn the 6-foot-10 forward from Duke $34 million over 10 years, although the deal contains a clause that allows either side to terminate the agreement after five seasons if certain conditions are met.

The Akron Beacon Journal Thursday published details of the contract Ferry signed June 1 after playing one year in Italy where he earned a reported $2 million. According to the newspaper, Ferry received a $1 million signing bonus, and will receive $2 million this year, $2.2 million in 1991, $2.5 million in 1993, $3 million in 1994, and $3.3 million in 1995.

After that, Ferry is scheduled to make $4 million per season, but this is where the mysterious clause comes in. The conditions that would allow either side to terminate the deal at this point are unknown.

The deal makes Ferry the highest-paid player on the team. That could change if the team resigns John "Hot Rod" Williams, who is a restricted free agent.

Senior Bowl abandons North-South format

After 42 years of reliving the Civil War on the football field, the Senior Bowl has called a truce and announced that it will no longer divide its game into North and South squads.

Senior Bowl Executive Director Eric Tillman said the all-star game for college seniors will switch to a new format next year that will permit officials to align the teams more evenly and to take advantage of the intense rivalry between the University of Alabama and Auburn University.

Tillman said the players invited to the NFL-sponsored game will be divided into a NFC team headed by an NFC coaching staff and the AFC squad led by an AFC coaching staff.

Aquettes 4th, Swimkins 6th in synchronized nationals

The Town of Tonawanda Aquettes finished fourth and the Buffalo Swimkins were sixth in the 13-14 team standing of the National Age-Group Synchronized Swimming Championships at Clayton, Mo.

In the 13-14 duet finals, Jodi Weigand and Rachel Kozower (Swimkins) were sixth; twins Karin and Kristin Graham (Aquettes) were ninth and Misty Ford-Shannon McCartney (Aquettes) were 12th.

In the trios event, Diana Fischler and the Graham twins were sixth; Weigand-Amy Markezich-Jayne Perrelo (Swimkins) were ninth, while Lura Hess-Faye Lucarelli-Betsy McCall (Swimkins) were 13th.

Around & About

Tony Dorsett, the NFL's second-leading career rusher who retired from the Denver Broncos last season after injuring his knee in training camp, is attempting a comeback, according to a published report. Dorsett, 36, is working out at the Dallas Cowboys' facilities and has instructed his agent, Witt Stewart, to contact other NFL teams, The National reported in today's editions. . . . Wayne Webb, despite winning only three of his eight match games, has a two-pin lead over Ron Palombi Jr. after the fourth round of the Professional Bowlers Association's $145,000 Kessler Classic in Riverside, Calif. Webb, a 17-time titlist and the 1980 PBA player of the year, has a 26-game total of 6,060. Charlie Tapp is third with 6,008, John Mazza is fourth at 5,983 and Don Genalo fifth at 5,970 pins. Brad Kiszewski of Buffalo is 24th with a pinfall of 5,574. . . . Winger Brad May, the No. 1 draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres, is one of two Niagara Falls Thunder players invited to the National Junior Team of Canada evaluation camp to be held in August at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Also representing the Thunder, from the Junior A Ontario Hockey League, will be center Keith Primeau, taken third overall by the Detroit Red Wings. . . . North Carolina point guard King Rice was ordered by Orange (N.C.) Orange County District Court Judge Patricia Hunt to perform 75 hours of community service stemming from an incident where he was charged with resisting arrest. In addition, Rice must pay court costs and restitution of about $30 to the town for damaging a jail wall he reportedly punched after his arrest.

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